This glossary provides a simplified definition of the terms used in the portal. The description of the terms in this glossary are for your quick reference only. This glossary is not to be substituted for the formal definitions found within the legislation. Refer to Part 13A of the Electoral Act 1985 (the Act).
Terms that apply generally throughout the FAD Portal
Agent: The person appointed by a registered political party, associated entity, third party, candidate or group of candidates to act on their behalf for the purposes of Part 13A of the Act.
Associated Entity: An organisation controlled by one or more registered political parties, or that operates wholly or to a significant extent for the benefit of one or more registered political parties.
Auditor: A person who has the appropriate qualifications as an auditor and is not, and has never been, a member of a registered political party.
Candidate: a person who intends to nominate or has nominated to stand for election to the House of Assembly or Legislative Council.
Candidate Group or Group of Candidates: Two or more candidates in a Legislative Council election who have applied to have their names grouped together on the ballot paper under section 58.
Capped expenditure period: For a general election, the capped expenditure period starts on 1 July the year before an election, and ends 30 days after polling day.
For all other elections, the capped expenditure period starts on the day the vacancy is announced by, or on behalf of, the Speaker in the House of Assembly and ends 30 days after polling day.
Designated period: For a general election, the designated period starts on 1 January in an election year and ends 30 days after polling day.
For all other elections, the designated period starts on the day the vacancy is announced by, or on behalf of, the Speaker in the House of Assembly, and ends 30 days after polling day for that election.
During the designated period, certain political participants are required to lodge returns in high-frequency.
Political Expenditure: includes the public expression of views on a political party, a Member of Parliament, a candidate, or an issue in an election by any means.
Financial controller: The person responsible for ensuring an associated entity meets its funding and disclosure obligations.
Gift/Gift in kind (non-monetary): Any disposition of property, including the provision of a service, made by a person to another person for inadequate or no consideration.
This does not include bequests from a will, the provision of volunteer labour, nor does it include an annual subscription or compulsory levy paid to a political party.
Users should refer to the Electoral Act 1985 to determine what is or is not a reportable gift.
Loan: an advance of money, provision of credit or other forms of financial accommodation, a payment of an amount for a person if there is an express or implied obligation to repay the amount, or a transaction (whatever its terms or forms) which in substance effects a loan of money.
Pending: A disclosure that is to the subject of an amendment or deletion request as initiated by a registered FAD portal user.
Political Entity: Candidates, candidate groups, political parties, and their agents or representatives.
Political party (registered): An organisation whose object or activity is the election to the House of Assembly or Legislative Council of one or more candidates endorsed by the party. A registered political party is a political party that is registered with the Electoral Commission SA.
Note: To be a eligible as a registered political party the party must have a Member of Parliament of South Australia, or a Senator for the State of South Australia, of South Australia or have at least 200 members who are on the electoral roll and are not relied on by any other party.
Reconciled (REC): A reconciled return refers to a return that has matching details submitted by both the donor and the recipient. Reconciliation is automatic by the system.
Returns Summary: A management screen for all returns you have submitted. This screen allows you to filter, view or amend lodged returns or lodge new returns.
Third Party: Any person who incurs more than $10,000 in political expenditure during the designated period, or incurred more than $10,000 during the designated period of the last preceding general election. A third party does not inc
Unreconciled / UNREC: Matching details are yet to be submitted by both the donor and the recipient. This may mean either that only one entity has reported the gift, or that minor discrepancies exist in the returns that prohibit automatic reconciliation.
Note: for gifts made during the designated period, recipients are required to report these during the designated period, however, donors are only required to report at the end of the designated period. Therefore, gifts made during the designated period will be unreconciled until the end of the designated period.